ARSENAL are reportedly eyeing a shock move for N’Golo Kante, who just missed Chelsea’s pre-season tour.
The Gunners still see midfield as an area where they can improve and the Frenchman is one of the best players in the world.
According to the Daily Star, Emirates boss Mikel Arteta is looking for a defensive-minded midfielder and rates Kante highly.
The World Cup winner is a key man in Chelsea’s squad but has just 12 months left on his contract and struggled for form last season.
Kante, 31, played 42 times but had spells on the bench due to knee problems.
Arsenal came close to signing him from Leicester in 2016, but Chelsea missed out.
Manchester United have also been linked with Kante in the past, despite Tuchel’s public admiration for the player.
But the German will be without his host at the start of Chelsea’s pre-season tour.
The Blues confirmed that Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 26, did not fly to Los Angeles as part of Tuchel’s 29-man squad.
Chelsea said on their official website: “N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not be traveling due to their Covid vaccination status.”
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It is not clear how many stings Kante and Loftus-Cheek had or whether they remained completely unvaccinated.
Travelers must present proof of vaccination to enter the US.
Only US citizens or those with a waiver are allowed into the country unless they have been hit.
Chelsea flew to LA yesterday for a training camp before Tuchel’s side take on Mexican club Club America in Las Vegas on July 16.
Tuchel and Co will then travel to Charlotte to take on MLS outfit Charlotte FC on July 20th, before wrapping up the trip with a clash with Arsenal in Orlando on July 23rd.